Praised by the Washington Post as "a musician in service to [Bach's] music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities", Rafal Blechacz, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, releases his first album for DG devoted to Bach. The album includes the Partitas Nos. 1 & 3, Italian Concerto, Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, and more.
Using minimum pedal, Blechacz serves up the Italian Concerto’s opening movement with crisp articulation, clever yet discreet embellishments, and palpable contrasts between the sections demarcated as “solo” and tutti”. The right-hand melody dominates throughout the slow movement, in contrast to theRead more more judicious and subtle chamber-like balances between hands we hear from Perahia, Hewitt, and Tureck. The rollicking Finale, though, fares best, and features wittily-shaped detached articulation.